A new poll has come out with the result that only 43% of the respondents believe Joe Biden is mentally sharp, prompting a news media outlet to headline its report: "Majority now believe that Joe Biden is kind of an idiot: Poll."
It is Pew Research that documented assessments of Biden's personal traits, warning they "have become less positive."
"While majorities say he stands up for what he believes in (60%) and cares about the needs of ordinary people (54%), larger shares described Biden in these terms six months ago (66% and 62%, respectively," the poll analysis noted.
Further, and significantly, it continued, "Biden receives his least positive assessments for being mentally sharp. Currently, 43% say this describes Biden very or fairly well, an 11-point decline since March."
In fact, 56% of the respondents said that describes him not well, including 35% who say "not at all well."
It was Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner who headlined a commentary with the Biden "idiot" reference.
"President Joe Biden’s presidency is not going as smoothly as he probably hoped it would," the commentary explained. "On top of the border crisis, cratering approval numbers, infighting among congressional Democrats, incompetent federal health officials bumbling their way through the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaotic, disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan, there’s also a growing consensus the president is not the sharpest knife in the drawer," the commentary explained, citing Pew's results.
"As if the steep decline in public opinion of the president’s smarts was not embarrassing enough, it turns out Biden’s mental acuity specifically is where Pew found the sharpest drop in all of his polled personal characteristics."
And, the poll noted, "Positive evaluations of several of Biden’s personal traits and characteristics have shown similar decreases. Compared with March, fewer adults say Biden cares about people like them, and fewer describe him as standing up for his beliefs, honest, a good role model and mentally sharp."
The commentary explained, "Put more simply, the longer the president is in office, the dumber people think he is. And it’s likely not because of any single issue. The White House is the major leagues, as a former vice president, of all people, ought to know. His every move and action is now under scrutiny. He has to think on his feet and respond in real-time to real-life crises. The public can see now how Biden comports himself as the commander in chief. It’s not just a theoretical game anymore. He can’t just promise to do better than the last guy. He is actually expected to deliver and to deliver competently and efficiently. So far, the public apparently isn't impressed."
Pew characterized the results as that Biden "loses ground with the public on issues, personal traits and job approval."
It noted the marked reversal in approval from Americans, which was 55% a few months ago but now has plunged to 43%.
Across several issues, from public health to foreign and economic policies, the poll said, "about half" still have confidence in Biden. But in a list of other areas, "Majorities have little or no confidence in him."
The poll was of 10,372 adults on the American Trends Panel.
The results show 66% lack confidence in Biden's claims to be able to bring the country closer together, 56% doubt he is making wise decisions about immigration, and 54% lack confidence in his foreign policy and military force decisions.
He's also underwater, as 51% doubt him, on economic policy.
A full 46% says they doubt he cares about ordinary people, 49% doubt his honestly and half doubt his ability to take responsibility for his own actions.
And a huge portion of Americans, 63%, "say they are very concerned about rising prices for food and consumer goods. That is larger than the shares citing other economic issues – employers being unable to hire workers (42% very concerned), people facing eviction or foreclosure (35%) or people who want to work being unable to find jobs (29%)."
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